Sunday, May 26, 2024

Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: Flubbed Friday; Red, Black and White Brunch (and a 5-Minute Shop); Black and White Book Club

Welcome back, my friends! I hope you've had a lovely weekend. 

I spaced on Friday morning - about 10 seconds after taking all of my pics, I popped out the camera battery to charge it, but caffeine-less me went on auto-pilot and deleted all my pictures first. I didn't realize I'd done this until I'd gotten home after shopping at Dots with coworker Zeudy and was already settled in my house-clothes and stripped off all my make-up.


It's all for the best, though, as I didn't end up liking the outfit much. If you want to imagine it, it's this t-shirt:
G-Star Raw thrifted for $9.95.

...and this skirt...
Faithfull the Brand, consignment

...and these shoes...
Steve Madden, thrifted

...with a bunch of copper jewelry, with this white leather jacket over it all. 
The tee was too big and baggy (it's a men's), the skirt wrinkled like mad, and the jacket is too big to be worn as a light topper (it's better over thicker garments like sweaters or hoodies, as above). I'm letting go of the tee (I've offered it to L) and the skirt. 

I was so frustrated and annoyed at myself for doing that - I've accidentally deleted my photos before, but I've had the energy to get dressed again and redo the photos...But, I'm going to not beat myself up for it, as it doesn't happen that often, maybe 3 or 4 times in 16+ years. 


Moving on! I did take my lovely colleague Zeudy shopping at Dots and we found her two Jammy Dresses, which she was thrilled with (both were on sale), so that was a win. I enjoyed a quiet Friday evening to myself until L got home from dinner with one of his friends, and then we played music and games until we got dozy.

I was up early on Saturday morning to dye my hair. And when I've had a Bad Outfit Day previously, I always get back on that horse and do an outfit I know I will love and feel great in. 
Like this one! I felt very me, very rock and roll. 

  • Jacket - Smashed Lemon; last worn here solo here in September 2021 (same skirt!), last seen here in December 2023 with the matching jeans
  • Denim vest - Chiqle, thrifted; last worn here all weekend in Vancouver in April 
  • T-shirt - Celia Birtwell X Uniqlo, thrifted; purchased here for $9.95
  • Skirt - Tatum & Olivia, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in April 2023 for another Saturday brunch
  • Boots - Stuart Weizmann, consignment; purchased here for $130.50

If I ever had to narrow down my closet, I would go with black, white and red as my colour palette. 
Incorporating my new-to-me Celia Birtwell X Uniqlo thrifted tee and my OTK (over the knee) leather boots into an outfit. 

This skirt is way too big on me - I have it safety-pinned on each side seam to pull it in, but it has zero stretch (100% silk), so I'm good with that.
All of those stripes are woven strips of fabric. 

I love this red leopard denim blazer - I usually wear it with the matching jeans (because who doesn't love a red leopard denim suit??).
The boots were fabulous, although I might put some thin insoles in them to make them a bit comfier - they have plenty of room. 

Without the blazer, which I took off while we had a delicious brunch at John's Place. 
Deb, our regular server, thought I looked sexy in this. 

Thanks, honey!
L said I was, "A bit of all right," (oh, damn me with faint praise).

All done up. 
I had time for a 5-minute shop next door at the Beacon Ave Thrift Shop before L texted me that we'd been seated. 

I didn't really need the sunnies, as it was blustery and cloudy. Brrr! Bring back the warm weather! 

The stuff: 
These boots stayed up well (the curse of elasticated and/or tall boots). Yay! 

Silvery bling: 
My little purse was stuffed with shopping bags - we did our weekly grocery shop after brunch due to me having Book Club on Sunday.

  • Purse - Rebecca Minkoff, thrifted
  • Enameled cuff - thrifted
  • Silver bangle - consignment
  • Silver/obsidian ring - consignment
  • Silver/red enamel ring - antique shop, Sidney
  • Silver/onyx ring - Tocara, vintage fair
  • Anneke & Lars silver ring - vintage mall
  • Celtic S pendant - gift from Mom & Dad, mid-90s
  • Silver earrings - consignment

I discovered a stash of buttons, so added these two to my blazer lapels.
Perogy Cat (link here, 'cause I love, and Gareth is a friend) in his litterbox, and an "F-This, F-That" from the Fluevog store (these are freebies, I always grab the new buttons). 

I did have one spectacular find at the thrift shop: 
I literally gasped when I saw it in with the ugly 90s floral dresses. It's a jumpsuit! 

Lavender, hot pink and aqua crinkly inserts at the crossover front neckline. 
The previous owner sewed a snap-fastener at the cleavage - very handy! 

Ooh, that is one very old tag. The CA number points me to Linda Lingerie Manufacturing Ltd, of Montreal - this is meant as a "house-jumpsuit" a house-coat, only a jumpsuit. 
Made in Canada! Bonus! It's the silkiest polyester jersey - it feels OLD. 

It's by Oscar de la Renta, back when he only had two stores, in New York and Montreal. This is from sometime in the mid-70s to early 80s (I suspect the latter), based on the style and colours. 
It was $38.50, which is rather pricey for a thrift store (the volunteer clerk was shocked at the tag), but for a vintage silky poly jumpsuit, I think you could add another 0 to that for resale. 

To make it up to you, for missing my Friday 'fit, Gentle Reader, here's the jumpsuit on. 
It has a tie at the front (no pockets, dagnabbit!), and it fits me perfectly. I think I have to wear it at least once, right? 

After a relaxing evening of Arkham Horror (board game) and music, I was up early-ish to make Big Breakfast for L and I and then get ready to head to Yvonne's house for Book Club.
Time to wear some more of my new-to-me sporty/casual things. 

  • Jacket - Dolce & Gabbana menswear, consignment; last worn here in April
  • T-shirt - thrifted; purchased here for $12.95
  • Trousers - G-Star Raw X Pharrell Williams, thrifted; purchased here NWT for $19.95
  • Sneakers - L'intervalle, consignment; last seen here (2nd outfit) to see Ice Cube in concert in April

I could wear this 'fit for a casual Friday at work, but it's fun to play with new things as I redefine my weekend style. 
Black and white, my favourite go-to! 

It was a chilly day - I walked to Yvonne's and home again. 
This thin nylon jacket was just the right weight for the weather - there was a bit of spitty rain on my way there. 

I loved the pants - they softened up over the afternoon, but they have no Lycra in them!
I do love a good houndstooth, don't you? 

Without the jacket - I was glowy when I arrived and never needed to put it back on. 
I like the cutoff-look of the sleeves of this soft tee. 

The longer back is welcome. 
No crack-a-lackin' here! 

Incognito and ready for my walk. 
Adding some bright colour in my accoutrements. 

Speaking of...
Hot pink goes so well with black. I picked out the scarf first, and then went from there. 

  • Purse - Michael Kors, consignment
  • Hat - Delux, Saanich Fair, c. 2008
  • Silk scarf - vintage 80s, thrifted
  • Leather gloves - thrifted

I walked briskly both ways and was toasty warm. 

The stuff:
Comfy shoes for 40 minutes of walking. 

  • Belt - gift from Ruth
  • Studded leather cuff - vintage 90s
  • Leather cuff - Guess, thrifted
  • Silver earrings - Israeli, consignment
  • Anneke & Lars silver ring - vintage mall
  • Silver chain ring - Mexican, consignment

And now, off to spend the waning weekend hours with my two favourite beings. 
Looks like some cuddling is going on here! 

Thank you so much for stopping by! 


  1. Saturday's outfit definitely makes up for Friday's disappointing (and unphotographed) one!
    I might have fought you for that jumpsuit, though, it's an absolute stunner!
    Loving your black and white 'fit too, particularly with those pops of pink. Plus, L.'s shirt is absolutely fabulous! xxx

    1. I was so annoyed at myself! Isn't the jumpsuit amazing? I couldn't believe my eyes.

      Thank you! I bought L's shirt at a vintage fair for $10 many years ago.

  2. Isn't it a pain when you delete photos by accident? I loved all your outfits but my absolute favourite was the houndstooth trousers ensemble. The jump suit find was marvellous and looked lovely on you; what a great find! Hope your warm weather returns; ours should be back by next weekend, fingers crossed.

    1. Such a royal pain, Vronni! Oh, thank you - I really liked it too - this sporty look is really appealing to me lately. I could really use some warm weather, but rain rain rain is in the forecast, sigh.

  3. Saturday’s outfit is splendid and Sunday’s is super rock and rolling! As for not meaning to delete photos…yuh, it is friggin’ frustrating (she says from experience…I wrote a comment for this post yesterday and then must have tapped the wrong spot because the comment was lost to the ether!), but look at the outfit that resulted afterwards! Plus you gave us sufficient visual and text clues so we could imagine what the outfit looked like.

    The jump suit is so vivid and such a throw back to an era!

    Getting back to your two outfits, love the red, white and black, the cuts of all the pieces, and the spirited energy both outfits convey. Two (in my opinion :)) perfect outfits. And yippee for L and V, the best way to wind up the weekend. ❤️
    Cheers, Laurie

    1. Thanks so much, Laurie! Oh no, I'm sorry you lost your comment, how frustrating! Isn't teh jumpsuit amazing? I'll wear it at least once, I think, before I move it along. You're so kind, thank you - I like these 'fits too.

  4. L looks like a rock god seated on his throne in his floral shirt with his adoring fan, Vizzini!
    That jumpsuit is epic, it looks like something my Mum would have worn - and that's a good thing, she was uber cool!
    Saturday's outfit was phenomenal, I'm not a fan of houndstooth as I had to wear it as part of my corporate uniform back in the day but you look very good in it. xxx

  5. That jumpsuit deserves to be worn on repeat and fits you perfectly!

  6. A weekend spent with two favourite beings sounds like a dream!
    Beautiful outfits!


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